Ex-Priest’s Jurors Reach a Verdict on One Count

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

The jury deliberating child molestation charges against a retired Roman Catholic priest said Friday that it had reached agreement on one charge but was deadlocked on four others.

The single verdict was sealed by Superior Court Judge Curtis Rappe, who ordered the jurors to return on Tuesday for deliberations in the trial of Michael Wempe.

The one count on which the panel reached a verdict involved oral copulation allegedly committed in a car.